ABB to deliver power, propulsion packages for new Seabourn cruise ships


(HELSINKI, Finland) — Sustaining its strong track record in the expedition ship market, ABB has secured the power and propulsion contract for two new Seabourn ultra-luxury expedition vessels. The contract covers two 557-foot ships due delivery to the Seattle-based cruise company from Italian yard T. Mariotti in June 2021 and May 2022, respectively.

Seabourn has chosen ABB’s proven power and propulsion technology for the 23,000-gt ships that integrates main generators, switchboard, convertors, bow thruster motors and the remote control system in a single package, plus twin 6-MW Azipod propulsion units.

Built to strict Polar Code 6 hull specifications, the 264-passenger capacity vessels have been designed for the ultra-luxury polar expedition market. Utilizing the Azipod propulsion system frees up space on board, allowing these vessels to carry additional crafts such as kayaks, rubber boats and a pair of submarines – from Antarctica to Arctic and other exotic destination.

“The selection of ABB’s Azipod propulsion was a natural decision for Seabourn because, in conjunction with our PC6 ice-strengthened hull, they will provide excellent maneuverability and operational control in the polar and other regions around the globe,” said Rick Meadows, president of Seabourn. “Azipod propulsion also means lower levels of vibration, which is a major plus for guest comfort. As a UNESCO World Heritage cruise partner, Seabourn also values the fact that Azipod units enable sustainable operations.”

“As always, the owner is closely involved in all aspects; and as always, technical choices have been driven by the need for safe, reliable and sustainable operations for guests,” said Marco Ghiglione, managing director, T. Mariotti. “We are delighted to work with ABB on this high-end project as their expertise in cruise and icegoing segments, as well as local presence in Genoa, complements our shipbuilding capabilities in the most optimal way.”

Azipod propulsors have become the preferred solution for expedition ships in challenging conditions. To date, more than 20 exploration cruise ships have been specified with ABB’s Azipod propulsion.

The vessels will be connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts – something that is particularly important for ships operating in remote areas.

By Professional Mariner Staff